March 21, 1987 |
Whoever said the best offense is a good defense must have had Nevada-Las Vegas in mind. Who else but UNLV could survive 4-for-23 shooting from three-point range, see a lead evaporate during a 15-2 run by the opposition and still threaten the 100-point barrier? "They came out and put extreme pressure on our guards," Wyoming coach Jim Brandenberg said after top-ranked UNLV eliminated the Cowboys from the NCAA Tournament with a 92-78 victory here last night in the West Regional semifinals.
December 10, 2012 |
QUINTRELL THOMAS grabbed Anthony Marshall's airball under the basket and scored on a short hook shot with 1.2 seconds remaining to lift No. 21 UNLV to a 76-75 win over California on Sunday. The Runnin' Rebels led for most of the second half but trailed 75-74 following two free throws by Cal's Justin Cobbs with 11.9 seconds left. Marshall then rushed a long jumper that Thomas alertly grabbed and flipped in. Thomas was fouled on the play but missed the free throw. Justin Hawkins then blocked a three-point attempt by Cobbs from midcourt as the buzzer sounded.
February 15, 2012 |
TCU SENIOR guard Hank Thorns sent a tweet a few hours before playing No. 11 UNLV about never experiencing the thrill of being surrounded by Horned Frogs fans on the court after a big victory. He needed to do an update afterward. Thorns scored eight of his 32 points in overtime for host TCU, which overcame an 18-point deficit for a 102-97 victory over UNLV last night. It was the first win for TCU (15-10, 5-4 Mountain West) over a ranked team since February 2007, when it beat No. 14 Air Force.
May 22, 1988 |
In the spring of 1986, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas basketball team took a 16-day, 20,000-mile trip to Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia, crossed six time zones, played nine games and amassed more than $1,000 in telephone bills. Somehow, seven members of the team also managed to complete six credit hours - one-fourth of their annual course requirement - by taking a class called Contemporary Issues in Social Welfare, which consisted largely of visiting the many exotic locales along the way. Even as news of the course was beginning to circulate on the UNLV campus that fall, a university committee of faculty and administrators was dismissing five years of research into the question of what kind of education - if any - the athletes at Nevada-Las Vegas were receiving.
March 31, 1990 |
This seems like the perfect place for a Wild West shoot-out. Georgia Tech (28-6) might be outmanned when they play Nevada-Las Vegas tonight in the NCAA Tournament semifinals (Channel 10, 8:05), but they will not be outgunned. Tech coach Bobby Cremins seems willing to play five-on-three, as long as his three are Dennis Scott, Kenny Anderson and Brian Oliver. Scott, Anderson and Oliver, "Lethal Weapon 3," combined for 89 points last Sunday during a 93-91 victory over Minnesota in the Southeast Regional Championship.
March 16, 2004 |
Nevada-Las Vegas hired Lon Kruger, a veteran college and pro coach, to lead the Runnin' Rebels basketball program back to national prominence. Kruger accepted a five-year contract yesterday, UNLV athletic director Mike Hamrick said. The Nevada board of regents must approve the hiring at its meeting Thursday. Kruger, fired last season by the Atlanta Hawks, most recently was an assistant coach with the New York Knicks. Coach Charlie Spoonhour stepped down a month ago because of health reasons, and his son and assistant coach, Jay Spoonhour, took over the team.
October 28, 1995 |
Keon Clark, who twice attempted to join Temple's basketball program, finally is on the verge of playing in Division I. However, it appears the 6-foot-11 center will play for UNLV and not the Owls. Clark is currently in his first year at Dixie Junior College in Utah, where he is not playing basketball. He has given an oral commitment to attend UNLV next semester, according to Dixie coach David Rose. Rose said Clark will have 2 1/2 years of eligibility at UNLV if he earns his associate degree from Dixie by December.
December 16, 2000 |
UNLV will appeal one of the penalties handed out by the NCAA for allowing a booster to give money to Lamar Odom when he was being recruited by the university. UNLV athletic director Charles Cavagnaro said yesterday the postseason ban for this year will be appealed. Cavagnaro said the university was not appealing the findings of the NCAA Committee on Infractions, merely one of the penalties. In addition to a one-year postseason ban, UNLV was placed on probation for four years, and denied two scholarships for each of the next two seasons.
February 24, 2001 |
Rick Pitino won't take a trip to Las Vegas until after UNLV's season ends next weekend at the earliest and will go only if he intends on taking the job, Pitino told ESPN.com. Pitino also denied he has been made a specific contract offer from UNLV, disputing a report yesterday he'd been offered a five-year deal worth $1.7 million per season to coach the Rebels starting next season. "Nothing is imminent," said Pitino. "I want to wait until the season is over. If I come out to visit Las Vegas, then it's serious.
November 14, 2014 |
Archbishop Carroll's Derrick Jones visited UNLV last month. That convinced him that it was the place for him, Jones said. The senior forward orally committed to UNLV on Thursday night, making his announcement live on ESPNU. He chose the Runnin' Rebels over Auburn and Connecticut. Kansas and Kentucky also had offered Jones scholarships. "When I stepped on campus, it felt like family there," Jones said. "I got to know the basketball players, and it felt like a brotherhood. " Jones is the nation's 22d-ranked recruit in the Class of 2015, according to ESPN.com.